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Robert W. LarsonThe Narcotic Story

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The Narcotics Story began life as a training film for the LA police department. In sledgehammer fashion, producer-director Robert W. Larsen exposes the evils of marijuana, heroin and cocaine by illustrating the results of these drugs on "normal" people. The screaming, thrashing addicts depicted herein were actually played by police personnel, none of whom were exactly Academy Award prospects. There are also several scenes showing the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs. Narcotics Story tends to elicit loud laughter when seen today, much like Reefer Madness and the "Blue Boy" episode from Dragnet. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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Producer: Robert W. Larson
Audio/Visual: sound
Keywords: Third Eye Cinema; Drugs; 1950's; Educational Films; Propaganda Films;

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Reviewer: rlneva1941 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 6, 2011
Subject: Truth that will set you free!
Listed as a propaganda flick it sufficed in it's day and that is the education I got when I was a kid. To mark pot in the same league as heroin is the kicker for being laughed at today. Now for the real truth in this story. These drugs are illegal for one reason and the only reason today and that is the money involved. In fact there is so much money that the war in Afghanistan where most of the raw opium comes from has been the mainstay for the entire world! Now for the shocker! Our troops guard the natives harvest of opium popies from which heroin is distilled because the banking cartels in the world, America included rely on drug sales to pad their accounts. The American legal system just looks for more sources of opium and welcomes it into the veins of our youth and adult users. One has to only scratch the surface to see just how much the USA is behind all the drug importation. It has been said that opium paste has been stashed in the coffins of US servicemen back to the USA. If you do not believe me, do the research yourself. Fact is, the war on drugs is a misnomer, it is in reality a war for drugs!

Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - 1.00 out of 5 stars - November 23, 2010
Subject: This is idiotic
Perhaps the initial intention was OK, but it dropped to a much more evil intent to jail people on a wholesale level, but one of the first things mentioned here is there is some secret recruitment plot to suck all youth into being "hop heads". It ignores completely that many people use and become addicted to narcotics merely because they cannot get legitimate medical care and no pain relief and are forced to turn to street drugs which is a complete failure of our system hell bent on punishment for any reason.
SHOCK! POT has the same effect as alcohol! BUZZZ! WRONG!
In the heroin part they tell you how precious the bits are and how every tiny bit must be retrieved then leaves a bunch on his fingers anyway. DUH!
I was a heroin addict for many years and the life they describe has no basis in fact. Nearly every user I ever knew began trying to relieve pain after being turned down by doctors for lack of money or by idiot doctors over prescribing...and the real kicker..Nobody wants to get high alone.. and the reasoning for 'recruitment"..The fact of the matter is there is no such thing as active recruitment of addicts for some secret army of evildoers and blah, blah..Heroin is no different than any other prescribed pain reliever except it's very potent and fast acting and very addictive, but so are many prescribed medications.
Withdraw ends almost immediately after shooting heroin...not the way shown in the flick here.
They make it sound as if busting any and all addicts is a feather in the cap and all should rejoice even though they'll toss anyone, no matter the reason in the slammer. punishment at any and all cost even if it completely destroys peoples lives. The officers position is paramount here and the hell with human beings.

Reviewer: KAJ1959 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 3, 2010
Subject: Don't Join This "Tea Party"!
A good documentary, made with good intentions, but like some 60's Dragnet TV episodes, seems a bit camp and over-the-top to the 2010 worldview. Suburban drug abuse shocked many in the 50's - it's almost the norm today. The Narcotics Story gains its props from the shock value it elicits, even though it was intended as a police training film to be shown to a limited audience. Priceless is the scene where the well-dressed hophead, driving a bat-winged Plymouth, pulls up to a suburban drug house replete with darkened window shades and a speakeasy-style narcotics entrepreneur ready to sell his wares. It almost plays like the dark side of Leave It to Beaver, and Barney Fife would have been shocked if Sheriff Andy Taylor had made him watch this as part of his deputy training.

Legendary announcer Art Gilmore's deep-voiced narration - especially when he expounds on "tea blowers" and "contact highs" from a "tea party" in a car parked in an alley - adds to the original seriousness of this documentary.

Don't get me wrong - it's a great police training and high school health class film. With the rise of crystal meth, ecstasy, crack and other homemade recreational drugs - some being made in the very burbs The Narcotics Story is set - this documentary's 21st-century shock value is slightly diminished, but this film is no less a valid cinematic prediction of more dangerous times to come.

Reviewer: nigeldavahah - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 30, 2010
Subject: a must see
fun

Reviewer: Bolexman - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 9, 2010
Subject: What a great film!
I thought I would share this film with you, This is a great film if you enjoy drug scare propaganda films.